Bossiaea ensata Sieber ex DC.

Sword Bossiaea

Prodr. 2: 117 (1825) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect or procumbent shrub, usually less than 1 m high, ± glabrous; stems and branches flattened and winged, often weak and supported by surrounding vegetation, ultimate branches of cladodes 2–7 mm wide. Leaves reduced to scales to 2 mm long, occasionally with a few ± rotund leaves to 15 mm long on basal or juvenile growth. Flowers solitary, 6–10 mm long; pedicels to 4 mm long; bracts few, to 2 mm long; bracteoles inserted at or below middle of pedicel; calyx 3–4 mm long, glabrous; corolla yellow and red, the standard longer than other petals; ovary shortly stipitate, glabrous, 6–8-ovuled. Pods oblong, densely pubescent, to 4 cm long; stipe about as long as the calyx. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

EGL, EGU. Also Qld, NSW. Occasional on sandy soil in low dense coastal heathland eastward from about Marlo.

Source: Ross, J.H. (1996). Bossiaea. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Bossiaea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Bossiaea ensata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bossiaea ensata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

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